This Week in VR Sport: MANDT VR and College Football Playoff and the NBA’s Phoenix Suns Further Utilise VR

VRFocus recaps the latest VR events in sports.

It’s Saturday again and that means VRFocus’ weekly roundup of the latest virtual reality (VR) offerings involving sport from around the world. As is quite often the case the NBA makes it in, being one of the most technically savvy sporting organisations, and so does college football, care of Mandt VR.

MANDT VR and College Football Playoff Deliver All-Access Pass with Exclusive VR and 360-Degree Video Content

College Football Playoff (CFP) has collaborated with VR content creator MANDT VR for two 360-degree videos showcasing the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship.

This is the CFP’s first venture into immersive videos, providing football fans with 360-degree access to game day and surrounding events. The first video, CFP National Championship Recap, viewers get to experience the action in which Clemson earned the school’s first national championship title since 1981. While the second experience, CFP Weekend: All Access, provides an in-depth look at the pageantry of championship weekend, featuring a variety of festive activities.

“VR provides an elevated, imaginative level of engagement for college football fans,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff. “We are delighted to enter into this space and share insights into the CFP experience.”

“CFP is the premiere destination for college football fans, and we’re thrilled to add a new dimension to the organization’s offerings,” said Gordon Whitener, founder and chairman of MANDT VR. “I wholeheartedly believe that the excitement and action inherent in collegiate-level sporting events make for some of the most compelling content out there. The videos released today deliver fully immersive experiences to fans, offering unprecedented access into the CFP world.”

Phoenix Suns Showcase VR to Lovitt & Touché Guests at Talking Stick Resort Arena

The NBA is well versed in VR, with plenty of games viewable in immersive 360 and teams using the technology for all sorts of other applications. Recently the Phoenix Suns hosted 20 guests from insurance company Lovitt & Touche, allowing them to sit courtside and experience performances by the team.

They were able to view a Suns game against the San Antonio Spurs, practices as well as a performance by the Suns Dancers. After the 360-videos had concluded the visitors took the headsets off to find a live performance by the Sol Squad dunk team.

“We look at these types of activities where you can bring people out, get them to experience what it feels like both from a VR setting, and then what it feels like to have the real deal,” said Jason Rowley, Suns president, reports Arizona Republic.

VR certainly isn’t widespread across the NBA, with some teams yet to tryout the tech. “You’ve got to really get them over the fear of the technology,” said Suns chief information officer Steve Reese. “Once they get used to it, and they get coached up and they can understand it, then it seems as if the fear goes away.”

VRFocus will be back next Saturday with another round-up of the week’s VR sporting news. And for the latest  AR and VR updates keep reading VRFocus.

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